India’s first transgender police officer

MERAprithikaTamil Nadu is to hire K Prithika Yashini, the country’s first transgender police officer after a court in Chennai cleared the way for her when the state police board did not recognise a third gender.

Prithika was born male but underwent gender reassignment surgery and was turned down by the board so she brought a legal case against it and won her case.

India’s supreme court recognised transgender people as a third gender last April, five years after the electoral commission added the category to ballot forms, thereby providing transgender people with quotas in jobs and education and other amenities.

Prithika was born Pradeep Kumar and left her parent’s home before completing a computer study course and undergoing surgery. She has wanted to be a police officer since she was a child. She is happy now and says it’s a new beginning for the entire transgender community.